Brand: Bobalu Cigars Country: USA
Size: Robusto 5 x 52 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo
Price: $6.95 No. Smoked: 2
The Label Factor:
Interesting fact about me: I love the color orange. If I could, I would have an orange phone, drive an orange car, and live in an orange house! It should come as no surprise then, the Bobalu Super Fuerte has a label that’s right up my alley. Though I wouldn’t mind an orange colored wrapper leaf…
What We Liked:
This stick came straight from Bobalu cigars in Austin, Texas, where they are hand rolling cigars every single day. When you walk into their shop, you can literally watch them being crafted right in front of your very eyes. Honestly, how often do you get to smoke cigars that fresh? It definitely adds a layer of coolness to the experience.
According to the Bobalu website, the Super Fuerte (which means Super Strong) is:
… an aged full bodied vintage cigar aimed at the seasoned cigar smoker. The filler is a combination of superior aged Nicaraguan Viso, Honduran Lijero and Criollo 98 which is beautifully wrapped in a dark Criollo wrapper. Novice smokers beware.
How strong is it? Honestly, I’d put it somewhere between “not that strong” and “a tiny bit strong.” That’s not a bad thing, but if you’re looking for a cigar that’s going to make you reel back from it’s power, this is definitely not it. However, it is an interesting and flavorful stick, so let’s get right into it.
My first thought when I took a pre-light draw was that this may be infused. There is nothing on the Bobalu website to indicate that, so I’m thinking it’s just a super sweet Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper. It reminded me a whole lot of the CyB, with almost a simple syrup feeling on your lips.
From there, a slightly bitter orange peel shows up, which is an interesting flavor to pick up in a cigar, and I can easily say it’s the first time I’ve ever done so. The orange is combined with sweet spice, resembling nutmeg or cinnamon. At the halfway point, an additional floral note is added to the already sweet profile, further driving home that this cigar loves the sweetness.
From start to finish, the Bobalu Super Fuerte performed magnificently. It burned nice and straight, while putting off lots of smoke. While it’s not the most complex stick around, it was a pleasure to smoke from start to finish, thanks to the simple flavors and more than fantastic construction.
What We Didn’t Like:
No matter how you slice it, the Super Fuerte is fairly one dimensional. While it may not be a jack-of-all-trades cigar, what it does – it does well. So, if sweetness is your thing, then the Super Fuerte is right in your wheelhouse. If it’s not your thing, you may find yourself growing bored of it by the halfway point. Of course, you could counter this by pairing with a bold, earthy scotch or bourbon to cut that sweetness. Actually, that sounds like a fantastic idea. Do that.
Should You Try/Buy It:
I wouldn’t recommend you grab a box right away, as I expect this could be a polarizing experience for many. However, with a price of around $7, there isn’t a whole lot of downside here. You can grab them straight from the Bobalu website or, if you are located near one of their shops, go and grab some fresh rolled. And let me know if you do, as I’m incredibly curious to see what other people think of the Super Fuerte.